When Lester Frederick Etter was born on 28 January 1905, in Morris, Stevens, Minnesota, United States, his father, John T Etter, was 42 and his mother, Anna Etter, was 31. He died on 8 January 1984, in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States, at the age of 78.
South German and Swiss German: topographic name for someone who lived near the boundary fence of a village, from Middle High German eter ‘woven boundary fence’.
North German: from Middle Low German etter ‘uncle’ or ‘cousin’.
Swiss German: from Middle High German etter ‘cousin’.